#42: Black Mirror: Nosedive — Contrivance vs Conflict

We breakdown the premiere episode of the third season of BLACK MIRROR, “NOSEDIVE” and examine the qualitative differences between contrivances and conflicts. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 1:52 – ‘Premise’ – Outlining why we are talking about BLACK MIRROR. 5:23 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of…

#41: The Matrix — Rules of Fantasy

This week we examine the nature of building a fantasy world by looking at the first film in THE MATRIX trilogy. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 2:51- ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of THE MATRIX, with reference to The Hero’s Journey. 8:48 – ‘Rules’ – Outlining the…

#40: Taken — Depths of Character Dimensions

Contrasting it with Garth Ennis’ PUNISHER MAX comic series, we expose some of the problems in TAKEN in how it doesn’t fully delineate its character’s dimensions. Royalty free music from Bensound. Stock image by George Hodan. 2:20 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of TAKEN. 9:41 – ‘Delineation’ – Outlining the principles…

#39: Breaking Bad — Creating a Pilot

We breakdown the pilot to BREAKING BAD to examine the elements necessary for a pilot for a long-form series. 0-30 – ‘Premise’ – Introducing the premise of the episode. 6-40 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of the BREAKING BAD pilot. 14-30 – ‘Pilot’- Discussing the purpose of a pilot episode and…

#38: The Sopranos — Institutionalizing Your Cast

We use THE SOPRANOS cast design to talk about creating an institution within your cast to ground their relationship dynamics. 1-50 – ‘Institutionalizing’ – Defining the process of Institutionalizing your cast. 24-00 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of The Sopranos. 29-10 – ‘Example’ – Analysing THE SOPRANOS and how it uses…

#37: Watchmen — Image Systems and Controlling Ideas

We talk about how image systems express the controlling idea of a work in Alan Moore’s comic series, WATCHMEN. 1-25 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of WATCHMEN. 9-30 – ‘Definitions’ – Clarifying the terminology of ‘Image Systems’ and ‘Controlling Idea’. 14-10 – ‘Controlling Idea’ – Analysing the WATCHMEN Controlling Idea and…

#36: Ocean’s Eleven — The Style of a Heist

Author Adam Maxwell asks us to take a look at the Heist genre, so we look at it through the lens of the Clooney-remake of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. 3-30 – ‘Synopsis’ – Breaking down the major story beats of OCEAN’S ELEVEN. 12-20 – ‘Roles’ – Outlining the character roles of a Crime story; Criminal, Victim and…